an ancient commentator on the classics.
a person who writes scholia.

Nearby words

  1. scholarship,
  2. scholastic,
  3. scholastic aptitude test,
  4. scholasticate,
  5. scholasticism,
  6. scholium,
  7. schollander,
  8. schomburg,
  9. schongauer,
  10. schongauer, martin

Origin of scholiast

From the Greek word scholiastḗs, dating back to 1575–85. See scholium, -ast

Related formsscho·li·as·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for scholiast



a medieval annotator, esp of classical texts
Derived Formsscholiastic, adjective

Word Origin for scholiast

C16: from Late Greek skholiastēs, from skholiazein to write a scholium

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Word Origin and History for scholiast



"one who writes explanatory notes upon a classical writer," 1580s, from Late Latin scholiasta, from Late Greek skholiastes, from skholiazein, from skholion "explanatory note or comment," from skhole (see school (n.1)). Related: Scholiastic.

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